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X Startup.Com has come back home to its birthplace, The Idea Cafe!

Early last spring Alex Carter, a young entrepreneur from Ames, Iowa, read an article in a magazine about how Generation X is set to become the most entrepreneurial in history.

" I was very intrigued by this notion," said Alex. "I had no idea that so many other people my age were taking the same path as I was."

To find more about the subject, Alex went to the Idea Cafe website to see if he could learn more about what young entrepreneurs were up to. After consulting with other young entrepreneurs, he found that action needed to be taken. He found there was a need for a web site to help teach Generation X about starting a business and to tell others about what his fellow Gen X'ers were up to.

"I bounced ideas off of users of Idea Cafe's CyberSchmooz, and I went to work on creating the site"

Alex finished the site and X Startup.Com went live early in 1999. The site featured how-to information to help Gen X'ers understand the fundamentals of starting their own business. The site also offered new business ideas, and profiled successful Generation X owned and operated businesses.

The site caught the attention of Idea Cafe CEO Francie Ward.

"Francie and I got in contact with each other and we thought that a marriage between our sites would be very beneficial to our visitors. Idea Cafe has fantastic information covering all aspects of running a small business, which would be of great help to my GenX viewers. And my XStartup site contained solid info on what young entrepreneurs were achieving, which Idea Cafe regulars would be interested in. It was a perfect fit!" 

After being conceived and grown on the Idea Cafe website, XStartup now finds itself right back where it originated! We now welcome you to GenXStartup at Idea Cafe!

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AlexNot only is Alex Carter a strong believer in and promoter of young entrepreneurs, he practices what he preaches! At age 23 Alex has successfully started three businesses, while having a hand in many more. He also has given speeches to fellow young entrepreneurs and helped many get pointed in the right direction.

A graduate of Iowa State University, Alex now is Vice President of Parker Solutions.Com, an Ames, Iowa based Internet consulting firm.

"After getting my feet wet right out of college in the business world, I started to look around to see if there were others my age who had chosen the same path I took of career self-determination. And to my surprise, there were a lot!" said Alex. "There is a powerful phenomenon taking place with Generation X right now in the business world. Many are opting to"just say no" to career day and are forging their own path, like myself."

Alex spends his days creating web sites, e-commerce systems, managing clients, and giving advice to people his age on how to get their own businesses going. Alex understands the concerns that face young people trying to break into business. He also knows the huge rewards that can be gained by the powerful combination of a young mind and body added to an entrepreneurial spirit.


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